Cholera: An Infectious Waterborne Disease

  • David MacGarty


Having completed your GP training you decide to deploy and you take a post working in a large camp for people displaced following an earthquake. Given the total destruction of health and sanitation facilities you are unsurprised that disease is rife in the camp. One day a young girl is brought to you by her mother. She is dehydrated having produced a large quantity of watery diarrhoea in the previous 6 h. You send a sample off for investigation. Before the result returns your health centre becomes inundated with similar cases. The sample returns positive for Vibrio cholerae.

An epidemic ensues and you endeavour to manage the patient swell in a country unaccustomed to cholera and unprepared for an epidemic.


Celiac Disease Case Fatality Rate Oral Rehydration Solution Acute Diarrhea Severe Dehydration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologySt Peter’s HospitalChertsey, SurreyUK

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